Love in the Time of Cholera
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The lesson was not interrupted, but the girl raised her eyes to see who was passing by the window, and that casual glance was the beginning of a cataclysm of love that still had not ended half a century later. (2.5)
Is there any such thing as love at first sight? Florentino seems to think so.
He met a man who lived like a king by exploiting three women at the same time. The three of them rendered their accounts at dawn, prostrate at his feet to beg forgiveness for their meager profits, and the only gratification they sought was that he go to bed with the one who brought him the most money. Florentino Ariza thought that terror alone could induce such indignities, but one of the three girls surprised him with the contradictory truth.
"These are things," she said," you do only for love." (2.30)
The parallel between "terror" and "love" is a little disturbing. Here love seems to be a dangerous force that people can use to exploit others.
She reminded him that the weak would never enter the kingdom of love, which is a harsh and ungenerous kingdom, and that women give themselves only to men of resolute spirit, who provide the security they need in order to face life. (2.34)
Tránsito's advice to her son as he attempts to woo Fermina reminds us of Pat Benatar's wise lyrics in "Love is a Battlefield."